Concert of Life for Tibetan Children

Posted by Caitlin on September 11, 2011 at 1:30 PM

On September 4, 2011, our club was honored to host the “Concert of Life” with SEAPC Touching Hearts at the Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church in Mill Valley. This concert was dedicated to the Tibetan children who need heart surgeries.


Our crew members from San Domenico School, Peggy Cui, Kimberly Lin, Angela Lo, Rita Chen, Joanna Lu, Rita Hu and Nichole Chen, arrived at the church at 5:00 pm. They set up the reception, performance platform, and a mini snack bar. Then, Matt Geppert from SEAPC arrived with information about the children SEAPC Touching Hearts has treated in Tibet. The concert started at 7:00 pm with Matt’s introduction about how their operation started in Tibet. After Matt’s speech, Peggy took over the stage and announced the concert to the audience.


We had Matthew Lee start the concert by playing 2 piano pieces one by Bach and the other by Alberto Ginastera. Following him, Gaby Berbey performed Violin Concerto in E minor, 3rd Movement by Felix Mendelssohn. Then one of our guest performers, Alice Zhu, from Cupertino, performed Sonata Op.2 No.2 in A Major, 1st mvt by Beethoven. Following Alice, Kenji Bellavigna performed a clarinet piece by Mozart in great style. Then our second guest performer, Kevin Zhu, at age 11, gave a 20-minute performance with accompaniment of his sister, Alice. His first piece was the Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in G minor, D 408, 2nd and 4th Movement by Schubert. His second piece was Carmen Fantasy by Pablo de Sarasate. His flawless playing of complicated violin techniques won the audience’s hearts and respect. During the intermission, people were taking photos with him and asking for his autographs.


After the intermission, R. J. Pearce performed 2 piano pieces by Chopin: Mazurka Op. 6, No. 3 in E Major and Nocturne Op.9, No. 1 in B flat minor. Then I concluded the classical performance section of our program with Kreisler’s Tambourin Chinois, accompanied by R. J. Pearce. Peggy took over the stage again and introduced Rita Hu, who played a traditional Chinese instrument, calabash flute also called Hulusi. After Rita’s performance, our club’s two talented members, Tyler Leswing and Stephen Spies presented their self-composed pieces. Tyler’s piece was on the piano and he dedicated his song, Tibetan Heart, to the Tibetan children. He also jazzed up Heart and Soul with his sister, Sophia Leswing. Then a quartet piece by Stephen was performed by me, Mae Frank, Stephen Spies, and Joyce Kwon. The program ended with a touching prayer from Matt.


We hope this concert brought music, talents, and culture to our community. Through our club members’ efforts, we hope to bring people’s awareness about the children in remote Tibet who desperately need heart surgeries in order to survive and live when they become teen agers.



Prelude and Fugue in F# minor from Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 by J. S. Bach

Danzas Argentinas, Op.2, no.1 & no.2 by Alberto Ginastera

Matthew Lee, piano, Miller Creek Middle School


Violin Concerto in E minor, 3rd Movement by Felix Mendellsohn

Gabrielle Berbey, violin, The Branson School; Joe Bloom, piano


Sonata Op.2 No.2 in A Major, 1st mvt. by Ludwig van Beethoven

Alice Zhu, piano, Lynbrook High School


Clarinet Concerto, 1st Movement by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Kenji Bellavigna, clarinet, Redwood High School; Joe Bloom, piano


Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in G minor, D 408, 2nd and 4th Movement by Franz Schubert

Carmen Fantasy by Pablo de Sarasate

Kevin Zhu, violin, Lawson Middle School; Alice Zhu, piano


~ Intermission ~

Mazurka Op. 6, No. 3 in E Major by Frederic Chopin

Nocturne Op.9, No. 1 in B flat minor by Frederic Chopin

R. J. Pearce, piano, The Branson School


Tambourin Chinois by Fritz Kreisler

Caitlin Gowdy, violin, San Domenico School; R. J. Pearce, piano


Yunnan Province Minority Folk Song

Indonesia Folk Song

Rita Hu, calabash flute (hulusi), San Domenico School


Tibetan Heart - A Song Dedicated to Tibetan Children by Tyler Leswing

Tyler Leswing, piano, The Urban School of S. F.

Jazzy Heart and Soul

Tyler Leswing, piano, The Urban School of S. F., Sophia Leswing, piano, St. Mark's School


Lento from Quartet No. 1, 2nd Movement by Stephen Spies

Caitlin Gowdy, Mae Frank, violin, San Domenico School, Stephen Speis, viola, Albany High School,

Joyce Kwon, cello, San Domenico School



Announcement….Peggy Cui

Front Desk....Kimberly Lin, Angela Lo

Light…..Rita Hu

Ticket......Nicole Chang, Rita Chang

Stagehands....Joanna Lu, Angela Lo

Photography....Rhoda Berbey

Video......Kiyomi Ishizuka


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Categories: Performances, Benefit Concerts, Charities

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